Chelsea striker Fernando Torres undergoes extra training to work on his finishing
Published 16/01/2012 | 17:19
FERNANDO Torres is taking extra finishing training at Chelsea in an attempt to rediscover his once-deadly form in front of goal.
The Spanish striker, 27, has not scored in almost three months and has just three league goals for Chelsea since joining them from Liverpool for £50m in January 2011.
Torres' last goal came during October's 5-0 win over Genk in the Champions League and the striker is now taking drastic measures to get his game back on track.
Chelsea's Assistant coach Steve Holland told Chelsea TV: "Fernando is working very hard at his finishing in training.
"We do a lot of finishing as part of the sessions anyway but he is doing extra at the end of every session during the week.
"His finishing is looking very good in training, the ball is flying in. I have personally spent some time with him on making sure [he's in the right position].
"Sometimes when you're trying hard to score, you end up in areas where you're less likely to score.
"It's not a bad crime, it's only because he's so determined."
Frank Lampard benefitted from a misplaced Torres shot on Saturday, when the Spaniard's shot rebounded off the bar onto Lampard's knee, giving Chelsea a 1-0 win over Sunderland.
The midfielder believes Torres will rediscover his best form soon, but needs a run of goals to get back to full confidence.
"He is doing it in training and you can see a lift in him," Lampard said. "I feel for him because he made a great connection for my goal when it hit the bar first.
"You're just waiting for that moment when he is going to bang two or three in.
He is working his socks off, making runs and creating goals. We're all talking about that and rightly so."
Fellow Spaniard Oriol Romeu is also supportive of Torres, praising his role in the Chelsea team and asking his critics to look beyond his lack of goals.
"People used to say that if he doesn't score goals then he is not playing good but that is not true," Romeu said to Chelsea's official wesite.
"He is playing good for us and he helped us to get the goals.
"He was playing very good in the game at Wolves and now he played another big game for us [against Sunderland]. Every ball, he fights and he is big player for us.
"If he is happy, if he is enjoying it on the pitch, then he is going to play better and he helps us much more than if he is not enjoying it on the pitch.
"He is playing very good in the two last games and that is good news for us."